Three Ways to Get to San Francisco via the Capitol Corridor

April 26, 2024

People are often surprised to find out they can use the Capitol Corridor service to travel to San Francisco. Just imagine: not having to deal with traffic and pricey parking in a city notorious for both! Instead, you’ll relax on the train, enjoying spacious and comfortable seating, spectacular views, free Wi-Fi, and a Café Car stocked with light meals, snacks, and a variety of beverages, including wine, beer, and spirits. You’ll find that, unlike driving, riding the train becomes much more than just a way to get from point A to point B— it’s part of the day’s enjoyment!

The Capitol Corridor offers three main ways to get to the City by the Bay. Here’s a rundown on each trip: how to do it, and where it can take you.

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Take the Capitol Corridor train to the Emeryville Station. There you’ll board a comfortable, Capitol Corridor-dedicated bus that takes you into San Francisco. The bus stops at the Downtown San Francisco, 401 Mission St. The beauty of this option is that you don’t have to worry about figuring out how to make your connection once you get off the train in Emeryville; when you book your trip, you get both your train ride and bus ride in one seamless transaction, on a single ticket. What’s more, since our bus service is dedicated to Capitol Corridor train riders, you can rest assured you won’t miss your connection, even if the train is late.

Where You Can Go

This downtown location provides easy access to many of San Francisco’s popular restaurants, shopping, museums, and other attractions. You’re within short walking distance of Market Street, San Francisco’s main thoroughfare (which features easy, convenient transit connections to other parts of the city), and not much further are the Embarcadero and the Ferry Building, which holds a lively Farmer’s Market on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. From here you can also connect to San Francisco’s local bus network, Muni, or hail rideshare for travel to the further reaches of this big, bustling city.


 

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Depending on your station of origin, take the Capitol Corridor train to either Richmond or Oakland Coliseum, where you can connect to a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train heading to San Francisco/Daly City or SFO (San Francisco Airport). BART has frequent service that will whisk you into the city in no time. Since BART is not part of the Capitol Corridor or Amtrak systems, Capitol Corridor riders must purchase a separate ticket for BART. BART tickets are sold at most BART stations*, but you can also pay your fare with a Clipper Card— enough to get you to downtown San Francisco and back. (You may need to add more value to your Clipper card for trips beyond downtown San Francisco, such as San Francisco International Airport.)

Where You Can Go

The better question may be, where can’t you go? Connecting to BART is a definitely a good choice if you’re headed to the downtown area of San Francisco anywhere near Market Street. Get off at BART’s Embarcadero station for a short walk to the Ferry Building, Embarcadero Center, the California Street cable car, or Muni connections to Oracle Park. For an afternoon in Chinatown or at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Montgomery station is very close (as is the Powell station). Want to hop on the cable car to Ghiradelli Square? Get off at Powell, which is also a good starting point for the Westfield Shopping Center, Union Square, Yerba Buena Gardens, and the Moscone Center. And for many of the city’s theaters, as well as the War Memorial Opera House, Symphony Hall, Public Library, City Hall, and the Asian Art Museum, take BART to Civic Center.


 

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With this option, you’ll be traveling in style. This trip takes longer than the others, but if you’re not on a tight schedule, it’s a unique and pleasant way to get into the city, combining the comfort of our trains with the relaxing, refreshing, scenic experience of cruising on the San Francisco Bay. Take the train to Oakland Jack London Square, where you’ll connect with the San Francisco Bay Ferry. The ferry dock is an easy, roughly 10-minute walk from the train station through Jack London Square, a destination in itself, with excellent waterfront restaurants and live music venues. Like BART, the ferry is not part of the Capitol Corridor or Amtrak systems, so you’ll need to purchase your ticket separately and plan ahead for making your connection. 

Where You Can Go

The ferry from Jack London Square can take you to Oracle Park (during baseball season and for select events all year round), the San Francisco Ferry Building, San Francisco Pier 41, and South San Francisco.

 

CC Rail Mail: Earth Day, Track Your Train in Real Time, Corridor Conversations Webinar, Cappy Hour, and MORE!

April 15, 2024

Earth Month
Every Day is Earth Day

This Earth Day, it’s important for everyone to appreciate this beautiful world. Our daily choices can have a huge impact on the health and well-being of both ourselves, and our planet. So during Earth Month, and every day, consider riding Capitol Corridor to work or exploring a new area of Northern California.

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is one of the seven greenhouse gases the Air Resources Board (ARB) is responsible to monitor and regulate in order to reduce emissions. Transportation is the single largest source of CO2 in California, which is primarily comprised of on-road travel. Only 2% of travelers commute by transit in California and 12% commute by transit in the Bay Area. By taking the train, your travel is 31% more efficient than a passenger car. These small actions can inspire others to do the same, which in turn promotes increased environmental longevity.


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Track Your Train in Real Time!

Recently, Capitol Corridor took a big leap forward in helping riders get the train status information they need, right where they are. By making real-time train status available on third-party travel planning mobile apps that show live train location on a map as well as ETAs for upcoming train stations, riders get the information they need right at their fingertips. Apps that now show Capitol Corridor live status include: Transit App, Moovit, and Google Maps.

Read more here


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Corridor Conversations 4/24, 12pm-1pm

On Wednesday, April 24 at 12pm, join us for our quarterly Corridor Conversations webinar! At this free online event, members of the Capitol Corridor team, including Managing Director, Rob Padgette, will discuss Capitol Corridor service, review topics discussed at the January Public Workshops, and be available to hear your feedback.

Everyone is invited to participate – come prepared with your own questions, or simply listen and learn!

When: Wednesday, April 24, 2024, 12:00 PM Pacific Time
Where: Virtually, through Zoom
Who: Open to the public

View the webinar replay here

*After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Cappy Hour
Spring Bike Month Cappy Hour, 5/8

Spring is in the air and  May is Bike Month! To celebrate warmer spring days, sustainable travel, and of course, bicycle transportation, join us for Cappy Hour on all trains from 3pm-7pm on Wednesday, May 8. See you on board!


Cafe Car Discount
50% off Food and Beverages on Train 536 & 540

From April 15 through May 31, riders on Capitol Corridor trains 536 and 540 will enjoy a special 50% discount on Café Car food and beverages (excluding alcohol). Consider taking these trains over Train 538 to enjoy this promotion!


Baseball
Let Us Take You Out to The Ballgame!

Batter up! We are thrilled to offer fans an easy way to get to and from the action at San Francisco’s Oracle Park and Oakland Coliseum for all this season’s home games!

In addition to avoiding the stress of traffic and parking, fans who take the train will be able to get an early start by enjoying drinks and snacks available in our Café Car. Sit back, relax, and let us be your designated driver!

Enjoy games with a friends/family and take advantage of our BOGO deal. Visit the Deals & Promotions page for booking details. Book travel to Oracle Park or Oakland Coliseum at capitolcorridor.org.


Picnic Day
UC Davis Picnic Day 4/20

Take Capitol Corridor to UC Davis Picnic Day on Saturday, April 20! Enjoy live entertainment, local food/drinks, a fun parade, and more! Take advantage of our BOGO deal and bring a friend along for FREE! Book your train tickets now at capitolcorridor.org

 


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Get On Board and Get Rewards!

Now through June 16th, participate in our pilot program and earn rewards by riding Capitol Corridor. Download Pave Commute app, ride the train, and earn coins for each trip you record on Capitol Corridor.

Learn more here: https://www.capitolcorridor.org/riderewards/

Union Pacific Track Work CANCELLED

April 12, 2024

UPDATE 4/17/24
Track work has been CANCELLED between Fremont and San Jose stations on Saturday, April 20, 2024. Train service will operate as scheduled. 

We will provide updates for the next scheduled track work.

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4/12/24
Due to track work to be performed by Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR), Capitol Corridor trains will not operate between Fremont and San Jose stations on Saturday, April 20, 2024, from 4am-4pm. Passengers are advised to take the BART Orange Line (Richmond-Berryessa) at Richmond/Oakland Coliseum stations to San Jose, and VTA between Berryessa and San Jose Diridon.

Train service will continue to operate as scheduled between Auburn and Fremont stations. Trains 747 and 748 will operate full service as scheduled.

Thank you for your patience!

Real-Time Tracking with Capitol Corridor

April 8, 2024

When traveling, a common question riders ask is, “Where’s my train?” Whether trains are screenshot of transit tracking appon schedule or delayed, riders need up-to-date status information to be reassured of a smooth journey, or, in the event of a delay, to make alternative travel plans.

Recently, Capitol Corridor took a big leap forward in helping riders get the train status information they need, right where they are. By making real-time train status available on third-party travel planning mobile apps that show live train location on a map as well as ETAs for upcoming train stations, riders get the information they need right at their fingertips. Apps that now show Capitol Corridor live status include: Transit App, Moovit, and Google Maps.   

This latest enhancement is a result of our California Passenger Information Display System (CalPIDS) Modernization project, resulting in future station screenshot of transit tracking app platform sign updates. As part of this project, Capitol Corridor launched real time train information via GTFS Realtime feeds that are available to app developers via 511 San Francisco Bay’s Open Data Portal, which serves as a central depository and distributor of transit data within the San Francisco Bay Area. GTFS Realtime is an extension to GTFS, an open data format for public transportation schedules and associated geographic information.

You can find more information on GTFS Transit and our Developer Resources page

Capitol Corridor riders are sure to find the new train location and ETA information helpful for their journeys. Please note that the initial GTFS-Realtime feeds do not include connecting bus information or service alerts at this time, but these will be added as new GTFS Realtime feeds in the future. 

CCJPA’S MANAGING DIRECTOR, ROBERT PADGETTE, APPOINTED BY THE SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD TO THE ‘FIRST-EVER’ PASSENGER RAIL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

April 3, 2024

Oakland, CA, April 3, 2023 – Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) proudly announces the appointment of its Managing Director, Robert Padgette, to the Surface Transportation Board (STB)’s newly formed Passenger Rail Advisory Committee (PRAC).  

“I am truly honored by this appointment to join a group of esteemed rail industry leaders,” said Padgette. “I look forward to serving alongside them, examining the multifaceted issues impacting passenger rail systems nationwide for years to come.” 

Padgette was selected by Chairman Martin J. Oberman to fill the seat for an At-Large representative, a three-year term through March 2027. 

The PRAC’s activities include providing information, advice, and recommendations to the Board on issues impacting the development and operations of passenger rail services, including: improving efficiency on passenger rail routes; reducing disputes between passenger rail carriers and freight rail hosts regarding the use of freight-owned facilities and infrastructure for passenger service, including passenger on-time performance issues; and improving regulatory processes related to intercity passenger rail to the benefit of the public, the communities served by passenger rail, and the environment. The PRAC meetings will be open to the public. – Surface Transportation Board. 

About CCJPA and the Capitol Corridor®`
Managed by the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA), the Capitol Corridor is an intercity rail service connecting the most economically vibrant urban centers in Northern California – from Sacramento to Silicon Valley, and including San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley. With free Wi-Fi on board, Capitol Corridor trains provide a convenient, reliable, and comfortable alternative to the congested I-80, I-680, and I-880 freeways for more than 700,000 passengers a year. For more information, visit www.capitolcorridor.org. 

Contact: Vernaé Graham, Capitol Corridor